The Wrestler

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  105 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2008 (limited)
DVD: April 21, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 4.09
based on 602 votes and 52 reviews
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Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Ernest Miller


Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, 20 years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.

Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life—trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin
Screenplay: Robert D. Siegel
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  • 1 star "boring as hell! terrible waste of time."